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Measuring Disparities in Access to Health Care: A Proposal Based on an Ex-ante Perspective

Antonio Abatemarco, Massimo Aria (), Sergio Beraldo and Francesca Stroffolini
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Massimo Aria: University of Napoli ‘Federico II’
Francesca Stroffolini: University of Napoli ‘Federico II’

Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, 2020, vol. 150, issue 2, No 7, 549-568

Abstract: Abstract We provide a novel approach to evaluate access to health care based on the monetization of access barriers individuals face. This approach allows to distinguish the opportunities individuals enjoy from their utilization of health services, permitting a better assessment of potential, as opposed to revealed, access. An application to Italian data on heart valve replacement shows that the methodology we provide can be easily applied to quantify the share of the population to which access is precluded and the key determinants of denied access.

Keywords: Health care; Equality of opportunity; Access costs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I14 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11205-020-02305-y

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